Keeping up with our premiere week, we got VENTS alumni Soren Bryce releasing her new music video for “Houses With Ugly Wallpaper,” a track where she begins by setting her romantic anguish to a steadily pulsing beat, then delivers a piano-driven bridge spiked with fantastically scathing lyrics (“If you wanted something fancy/Find your own damn centerpiece”).
The video captures the themes of the song in a very minimalistic way with a very visual aesthetic that jumps between a video performance and contemporary dance.
In her own words, Bryce comments:
“When I wrote Houses With Ugly Wallpaper, I was discovering how commonplace it is that I cover up my emotions. The analogy in the song is the house represents my mindset and thoughts and the wallpaper represent my distractions.”
On her full-length debut Discussions With Myself, Soren Bryce builds a world all her own—a sprawling dreamscape set to lushly detailed alt-pop, constructed with a newfound sense of self-possession. With her ethereal yet commanding vocals, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist sings of paper dolls and plane crashes with equal intensity, infusing the album with moments of bruising honesty and fragile wisdom.
Working with producer Justyn Pilbrow (Halsey, The Knocks, The Neighbourhood), Bryce ended up sculpting a sonic universe that’s moody yet luminous, delicate yet volatile. While she notes that Pilbrow took on a mentor-like role in honing her production skills, the 21-year-old artist mostly handled the album’s pre-production on her own.
Despite the sometimes-heavy subject matter of Discussions With Myself, Bryce’s melodic grace and sonic ingenuity instill the album with an intoxicating energy.